Kerlin Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new work by Lawrence Weiner.
This will be Lawrence Weiner’s first solo show at Kerlin Gallery and his first solo show in Ireland in 28 years. The exhibition is comprised of three sculptures and three works on paper. The sculptures in text, ‘HELD JUST ABOVE THE CURRENT’, ‘IN LINE WITH SOMETHING ELSE’ and ‘PUT WITH THE OTHER THINGS’ are presented in Irish and English.
When restrictions lift we welcome you to visit the show in person.
In the meantime, we invite you to view the show online.
In 1968, a historic year of political and cultural change Lawrence Weiner published his brilliantly concise ‘declaration of intent’ and in doing so laid out a framework for a new and radical approach to art production:
1. THE ARTIST MAY CONSTRUCT THE WORK
2. THE WORK MAY BE FABRICATED
3. THE WORK NEED NOT BE BUILT
EACH BEING EQUAL AND CONSISTENT WITH THE INTENT OF THE ARTIST THE DECISION AS TO CONDITION RESTS WITH THE RECEIVER UPON THE OCCASION OF RECEIVERSHIP
Weiner clearly articulated a pivotal moment, at once accepting the history of art production and proposing a new approach to art without a physical form. He established himself as a central figure in the formation of Conceptual Art and kickstarted a life long commitment to language as sculpture defining his medium simply as ‘language + the materials referred to'. In the 53 years since, Weiner has become a towering figure in international contemporary art with a singular and seminal body of work, democratically available to all not only on the walls of museums or galleries but throughout our shared space as public art or spoken word recordings, song lyrics, printed books, posters, concert tickets, manhole covers, websites or tattoos to name but only some examples.
"Art is still about the communication of one human being’s observations to another human being with the intent of bringing about a change of state."
Lawrence Weiner at Kerlin Gallery, February 2021
a film by Liam Gilick
Camera, Basil Al Rawi. Music by Liam Gillick. Irish Translation, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith. Credits by Anton Vidokle.
works on paper
Lawrence Weiner was born in 1942 in New York, NY, USA, where he lives and works today.
Recent solo exhibitions include Perez Art Museum, Miami, US (2017); Milwaukee Art Museum, US (2017); Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, US (2017); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2016); Blenheim Art Foundation, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK (2015); South London Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2014); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Spain (2013); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2013).
A major retrospective survey, AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE, was shown at the Whitney Museum, New York, US, and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), US and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (K21), Düsseldorf, Germany, in 2007-2009.
Weiner participated in documenta 5, 6, 7, and 13 (1972, 1977, 1982, 2012); the 36th, 41st, 50th and 55th Venice Biennales, Italy (1972, 1984, 2003, 2013); and the 27th Biennale de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2006).
Lawrence Weiner's art was first shown in Ireland in 1984 as part of 'Rosc '84. the Poetry of Vision' at The Guinness Hop Store, Dublin.
The sculpture, 'STONE UPON STONE UPON FALLEN STONE' was presented in enamel on the brick facade in both Irish and English and can still be seen today.
(…) WATER & SAND + STICKS & STONES (…), 1991 was permanently installed in the East Arch of the Irish Museum of Modern Art after it featured in the museum's exhibition 'Projects' by Lawrence Weiner in 1993.
We are sincerely grateful to Lawrence for his generosity and time and to Alice Weiner, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Liam Gillick, Basil Al-Rawi and Emilie Magnus for their huge support to this exhibition.